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Photos by Allison Belladonna
April 14, 2020 — A Day in the Life of a Pandemic
Name: Allison Belladonna Hometown: Eyota, Minn. Year: Senior Major: Journalism and Global Studies Documenting from: Brookings, S.D.
7 a.m. — Coffee beans sit on a scale as water heats on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. This is the non-negotiable first step in the day according to Allison.
8 a.m. — “Fashion is a huge part of my identity and self expression, so I put a lot of time into that in the morning,” states Allison.
8 a.m. — Allison demonstrates in this self-portrait that getting up and getting dressed is one of the often-heard tips for coping with the stress of quarantine and working from home.
8 a.m. — Allison comments as she applies eyeliner on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, “This keeps me sane some days. It's all about maintaining that bit of normalcy. If it takes flashy makeup to keep me from going stir-crazy, I'll keep drawing wings.”
9 a.m. — Streamer Allison Belladonna poses by her quarantine workspace before a 4-hour near-daily stream on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
9 a.m. — Allison shows the "Audience View" before Tuesday’s stream on April 14, 2020.
5 p.m. — Allison gathers some essentials before going grocery shopping: her own bag, grocery list and hand sanitizer.The list allows her to stay focused and complete her shopping in less time which is essential when minimizing time outside.
5 p.m. — Arrows on the floor of Brookings Hy-Vee guide shoppers to keep people moving throughout the store while maintaining distance and minimizing contact on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
6 p.m. — I’ve never seen gas below $2,” states Allison. “Heck, I started driving when it was at $5 so this is a bit of a shock."
6 p.m. — Basic groceries – dairy, grains, greens and protein – were on Allison’s list Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
7 p.m. — Allison Belladonna cuts potatoes while cooking dinner with the assistance of her fiancée Valerie via the internet on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Belladonna considers Valerie a key person in her life right now.
7 p.m. — Potatoes and sausage start to brown and crisp for Tuesday’s dinner that also included sauerkraut.
7 p.m. — Allison shares a long-distance kiss with fiancée Valerie on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Valerie is a cook during the day so Allison appreciates her help in the kitchen.